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Check Out Des Linden’s Stats From Her Record-Setting 50K

It's the rock-solid steadiness for us.

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On Tuesday, April 13, Des Linden set a new world best at the Brooks Running 50K in Eugene, Oregon. It was her first time racing farther than a marathon, and she became the first woman to break three hours at the 50K distance, finishing in 2:59:54.

[Read our entire race report here.]

Linden is known to many in the running world for her uncanny steadinessa human metronome, if you will. She told reporters ahead of the race that she would be targeting an average pace of about 5:47 per mile. And wouldn’t you know it, she ended the race with an overall average of 5:47 per-mile.

Given the secluded race location and small crowd on site (not to mention spotty cell service), fans on social media were left to do a lot of their own math to figure out Linden’s splits throughout the race.

Related: Social Media Reacts to Desiree Linden’s Record-Setting Race

But now we have a bit more context for the Linden’s impressive race results. From mile splits to cadence and even running power, we got a peek at Linden’s results from her first (and world’s fastest) 50K.

Des Linden’s Race: By The Numbers

Take a peek at all of the amazing data from her record-setting run, shared by her watch sponsor Coros.

Mile Splits

After she crossed the finish line, Strava users were quick to spot her workout on the app. Here’s what the breakdown looked like from her Coros data.

Des Linden's per mile splits from her Coros watch

Fastest Mile

Linden covered the 50K yesterday in 2:59:54 (understandably, she was a little too excited to stop her watch at the exact finish). That’s an average pace per mile of 5:47 with a fastest mile of 5:33.

Des Linden's watch results showing her total and average mile times during her first 50K from her Coros watch data

Cadence and Stride Length

Her cadence was very stable with an average of 194 per minute. The average stride length was 4.72 feet.

Des Linden's cadence and stride length results from her first 50K

Running Power and Elevation

Linden had an average power output of 216 watts with her max power at 249 watts. This course was not flat—636 feet of elevation gain mostly from two big climbs is pretty challenging. For comparison, Boston Marathon has 891 feet of total elevation gain and New York City Marathon has around 853 feet of total gain, according to MapMyRun stats.

Des Linden's running power and elevation results from her first 50K race according to her Coros watch data

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Coros Apex Multisport Watch

COROS APEX 42mm Premium Multisport Watch

  • Designed for fast and light mountain athletes with route navigation and checkpoint features supported with 24 days of regular battery life and 25 hours in full GPS mode
  • Interval, structured, triathlon and strength training modes with training programs and plans created by COROS athletes and coaches available free on
  • Built-in running power metrics from the wrist plus native and complete integration with Stryd power meters
  • Featuring running, cycling, swimming, cardio, strength, and water sports modes with ongoing support and updates.
  • Built with a stainless steel bezel and a sapphire glass screen and includes optical heart rate monitor, barometric altimeter, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and thermometer with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep, step, and calorie tracking

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